Let’s Play Stop

As a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Goodwill Community Foundation, here is the text of an article from Goodwill Today:

Goodwill Community Foundation App Snags Prize at Consumer Electronics Show

The Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF®), the foundation for Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina (Durham), walked away from the prestigious Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week as a second prize winner in the Samsung Free the TV Challenge. The contest challenged developers to create “Converged Apps” that allow people to use more than one device to interact with content on a Samsung Smart TV.

GCF’s app, a game called Let’s Play Stop! , allows players to challenge themselves by quickly brainstorming words they know in English. It is a useful app for people trying to improve their literacy skills or those studying English as a Second Language (ESL).

The game chooses a random letter and players must use Android devices to type as fast as possible one word that begins with that letter for each game category: country or city, body parts, fruits, colors and animals. The player who successfully submits one word per category and presses the ‘stop’ button first will end the round, freezing the game and prohibiting any additional entries from other participants. The game then analyzes the accumulated score of each player. The player with the highest score at the end of the game wins.

The app was developed by the app development team for GCFLatino.org, the Spanish counterpart of GCFLearnFree.org. Both are free computer and life skills training sites available to anyone with access to the Internet. Many of the learning programs on these sites are also available as apps for the Android, iPhone and iPad.

As the second prize winner, the foundation won $75,000, a 55” LED Samsung Smart TV and a Galaxy Tab 10.1. The prize will be used by the app development teams of GCFLearnFree.org and GCFLatino.org to continue developing curriculum for the sites.

Let’s Play Stop! can be downloaded free at http://gcflatino.org/stop/. Currently, it is only available for Android devices, but an Apple version will be published soon.

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